International Studies with Junior Year Abroad

SJC’s International Studies major was organized in 1977 as a natural outgrowth of the Core Program. As people are becoming more and more aware of their interdependence, there is a great need for college graduates who are prepared to serve in careers in the international field and who have learned how to think perceptively and with sensitivity in terms of the global family of humanity. SJC offers two majors in International Studies - International Studies and International Studies with Junior Year Abroad. Students who choose to study International Studies with Junior Year Abroad spend their junior year in a study abroad program.



BA in International Studies with Junior Year Abroad (4 year)

Group Major

Why International Studies with Junior Year Abroad?

  • 1 With a degree in International Studies, you can pursue a career in government, consulting, media, business, or non-profit.
  • 2 According to The Princeton Review, “International Studies will equip you with a greater understanding of how other cultures live and govern themselves.”
  • 3 A degree in International Studies will provide you with the basic skills in economic and political analysis, relating and analyzing across cultural and national lines, organizing thoughts and engaging in debate, and logical problem analysis.

Careers in International Studies

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer/Specialist
  • Economist
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Politician

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • New York University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Illinois - Chicago
  • University of Indianapolis
  • DePaul University

Why Study International Studies with Junior Year Abroad?


SJC has a history of creating programs to meet the needs of its students. As a result, students studying International Studies with Junior Year Abroad take a wide array of classes during their time at the College. These classes include courses in economics, business, history, English, political science, philosophy, and religion. In addition to offering variety on campus, our membership in the NAFSA: Association of International Educators and our willingness to enter associate agreements with other colleges and universities allows us to tailor an experience or internship abroad to fit our students’ needs and interests. As a result, International Studies with Junior Year Abroad students have traveled to Australia, Northern Ireland, England, Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, and Mexico.

Hands-on Experience

SJC faculty encourage all students to participate in internships and programs abroad. Thanks to grants provided by the Irvine and Rotary Foundations, SJC's Director of International Studies has taken students to Guadalajara, Mexico and Managua, Nicaragua to serve as research assistants. Opportunities for internships also exist in Washington DC for our students. For example, the Washington Center is an excellent program for policy-oriented students who want to get hands-on experience in our nation's capital. 

Dedication to Excellence

If students show interest in areas not covered by our agreements, our affiliation with NAFSA allows us to find other reputable programs. This affiliation and our already existing agreements allow us the flexibility to expand offerings for students with varied interests.

Faculty and Class Size

The faculty at SJC have vast experience and expertise because of their research and personal experiences, which include travels to India, Nicaragua, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Africa, England, Jordan, Syria, Vietnam, and more. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students due to the various types of required courses.

Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.